Category Archive: Willshire

Aug 07

The 1948 Tornado

A few weeks ago John Vining posed an interesting question, wondering if a tornado touched down about three miles south of Willshire, in Mercer County, on 19 March 1948, before moving northeastward into Van Wert County. This tornado was part of a storm system that went through Ohio City, Landeck, and Columbus Grove, killing three …

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May 21

Memorial Day Celebration 2015, Willshire, Ohio

The past four years the Willshire Home Furnishings store has been transformed into a military memorial to honor local veterans, past and present, for the Memorial Day weekend. This “Memorial Day Celebration” is the idea of store owner Aleta Weiss. Back in 2012 Aleta wanted to do something in memory of her father, to pay …

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Mar 28

Chatt Merchants vs. Willshire, Baseball 1933

It has been one long, cold, snowy winter. Although the calendar tells us that it is spring, it still feels more like winter. However, there are other indications that warmer weather is on its way. Most of the snow is gone and it only snowed one day this past week. Temperatures have been in the …

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Aug 31

Willshire Public School

Willshire Public School 1917

After looking at last week’s old school photos I got to thinking about my elementary school, Willshire Public School, in Van Wert County, Ohio. I attended school there from first grade through eighth grade, although the school system expanded and changed its name during that time. Construction on the Willshire school building was started in …

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